Fear where Trump’s ego will take country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRecently, in Tennessee, President Trump said to a group of farm workers, “You are so lucky that I gave you the privilege of voting for me.” Is there no end to this man’s egotistical vanity? I would rather expect to hear the president of a government of, for and by the people to say something like,”I am so lucky that you, by your votes, gave me the privilege of representing you.” I shudder to think where this man’s “mine is bigger than yours” complex will lead us.Robert FredetteNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

BLOG: PA Schools Lost Out This Year Due to Irresponsible GOP Budget

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: PA Schools Lost Out This Year Due to Irresponsible GOP Budget Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Let’s set the record straight.If Republicans in the legislature had supported Governor Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal — instead of continuing the status quo of underfunding schools and passing tax burdens on to local homeowners — nearly all of the commonwealth’s 500 districts would have received more state funding this year (over $202 million to be exact). You can view by district here (PDF).For Republicans to push around their plan in comparison to the governor’s plan — comparing dollar amounts — they conveniently ignore the fact that their budget resulted in a net cut to our schools. They also fail to acknowledge the reality of the devastation they were complicit in causing five years ago when $1 billion was cut from education, disproportionately affecting the poorest school districts.Many of those districts have not had their funding restored. In fact, the Republican plan would have taken money back that had already been allocated from some of the poorest districts.The governor also has been pushing for a fair funding formula to end Pennsylvania’s inequitable distribution of education dollars — one of the most inequitable in the country. The new fair funding formula, which the governor begins to implement in this round of school funding distribution, cannot truly be fair unless the cuts are fully restored. Currently, only four percent of districts have seen their funding restored to 2010-11 levels and we are currently over $370 million short from getting all 500 districts to that point.Governor Wolf remains hopeful that Republicans in the legislature will get to work on a 2016-17 budget that not only makes these schools whole again, but begins to truly invest in education at all levels. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretarycenter_img April 12, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

REIQ appoints new Gold Coast zone chair

first_imgAndrew Henderson (left) and his brother David Henderson with their horse Excess Knowledge, which started in the 2015 Melbourne Cup at Gai Waterhouses Flemington stables. Pic: Michael KleinHe replaces Professionals Surfers Paradise principal, John Newlands, who was recently appointed a director on the board of REIQ after five years as Gold Coast zone chair.The zone chair position represents the REIQ at a local level and communicates the real estate comunity’s needs in the 16 largest Queensland markets.Mr Henderson will start his two-year appointment in January 2018. Andrew Henderson is the new REIQ Gold Coast zone chair. Picture: Jerad WilliamsREAL estate and horse racing identity Andrew Henderson has been appointed the new Gold Coast zone chair for the Real Estate Industry of Queensland (REIQ). More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoMr Henderson is the principal of his family-owned agency Professionals Mermaid Beach and was also a part-owner of a Melbourne Cup entrant.last_img read more

This riverside paradise is like living in the country but close to the city

first_img630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketAn uninterrupted view across the river to Sherwood Arboretum was the clincher when it came to Anne and Martin Nothling purchasing 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, more than 30 years ago.“It was a Saturday and I was over this way with our sons who were playing sport, and I saw in the newspaper that this house was for sale,” Mr Nothling said.“I’d never looked in the area, so I pulled up as it was open for inspection, and I walked in and thought, ‘Wow, this is way above flood level and is peace and quiet forever in a big city’.”Set at the end of a long drive on the sprawling 8726sq m level block is a 1960s modernist architect-designed house with a covered patio overlooking a pool and lush lawn to the Brisbane River below. Anne and Martin Nothling at their Fig Tree Pocket home. Pic Peter WallisMs Nothling described the private residence as a “paradise” for the family.“It’s been the perfect place to raise three sporty boys who could utilise the facilities here, whether it was kicking a football, practising cricket, canoeing, kayaking or water skiing on the river, as well as swimming and tennis, it was all so accessible,” she said. 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Having been raised in the country, this block enabled me to grow our own vegetables, fruit trees and have an extensive parkland space to enjoy.”Mr Nothling hosted regular Wednesday night tennis fixtures on the floodlit, champion-size court, which is towards the entrance of the grounds. 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketAfter almost 32 years of a “privileged” lifestyle, the Nothlings have decided it’s time to move on.“It has always been in the back of our minds that this block could be subdivided but we wanted to maintain the ambience of the Fig Tree Pocket area by keeping this large block intact,” Ms Nothling said.“The added insurance of being well above any recorded flood gave us peace of mind. “This is like living in the country but only minutes from the CBD.”center_img 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket“I’ve always said this is the first home we’ve ever lived in where I can come home and have a whole weekend holiday here and just feel I’m away from it all,” he said.“You don’t feel you’re in the city and yet you’re only 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport via the Legacy Way tunnel.“Coming home from a busy day at work, I just tune out as I drive along Jesmond Road. I find it invigorating.” 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree PocketThe home has open plan living areas including a casual dining area, living room with fireplace, formal dining room and media/rumpus room.There are clerestory windows and tall glass doors and windows which allow river views.last_img read more

Sovereign funds still mulling whether private market returns justify extra risks

first_imgWill Kinlaw, senior managing director and global head of State Street’s unit State Street Associates, said: “One of the biggest findings from this research is the growing focus on private markets.”Despite the attraction of these investments, he said SWFs were aware of the risks, with illiquidity being the main one.“However, many have invested considerable time and resource in assessing these markets and have clearly identified attractive opportunities here,” he said.Eight IFSWF members were interviewed for the survey behind the first paper, with these respondents representing a wide range of SWFs, State Street said.These SWFs had, as a group, substantially expanded their alternative, unlisted, and private investment portfolios, according to State Street, with at least 30% having invested more over the three to five year period, and none having shrunk their exposure.But research in the second paper, which took in contributions from ten IFSWF members, revealed that even though SWFs had been successful in private markets, many reported ongoing internal debate about whether the return premium was fair compensation for the risks these types of investments added to portfolios.Roberto Marsella of CDP Equity — a company within Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti group — and leader of the Investment Practice Committee of IFSWF, said the investment landscape had evolved greatly in recent years and SWFs had contended with an ever larger range of investment opportunities in both public and private markets.“In response, many are re-evaluating the methods they employ to construct portfolios and measure and manage portfolio risk,” he said.“The low interest rate environment creates new challenges and requires reassessment of investment methodologies and professional skills,” said Marsella. Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been boosting their asset allocations to private and emerging markets while cutting their exposure to listed and developed-market investments, but many are still debating whether current returns in private markets really compensate them for the extra risks they pose, according to new research.Two new white papers from State Street and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) show how asset allocation and the approach to private markets has changed at the funds over the last three to five years. State Street was appointed earlier this year as one of the IFSWF’s two official research partners for its investment practice committee. The first two papers from the partnership, which have just been released, are entitled: “Asset Allocation for the Short and Long Term” and “Comparison of Members’ Experiences Investing in Public versus Private Markets”.last_img read more

Indiana State Police seeking dispatchers

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Police are accepting applications for the position of Regional Dispatcher at the Versailles Post. Successful applicants must be able to receive, record, disseminate, and accurately dispatch information to police personnel, other law enforcement agencies, and other support services.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test. Two years of public safety communications experience and an emergency medical technician certification are preferred but not required.  The applicant should also reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center located in Versailles, Indiana.Pay starts at $30,082 per year.The deadline for applications is March 16, 2018.For more information and to apply click here. (Job Opening #2018-34).  Once on the website, click ‘Apply for State Jobs’.  Then type ‘Regional Dispatcher’ in the Keyword box.  The job opening should appear.  Persons that are interested may also contact Sarah Collins at the Versailles Post for assistance at (812)689-5000.last_img read more

GHA votes to maintain program and educate on misinformation

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Last evening, the Board of the Greensburg Housing Authority held an emergency meeting to decide on the fate of the program in the City of Greensburg. Several people that participate in the program came to voice their concerns if the program was to be moved to the Indianapolis office.  Most of those who spoke voiced that is the program was to be moved, they would have difficulty finding transportation to make renewal appointments at the Indianapolis office.  One said that she doesn’t drive at all and it would be impossible.  The participants varied from a single mother of 2 that was able to escape an abusive relationship and take care of her children, to a recovering addict, an older adult with disabilities.  The Board discussed Monday’s City Council meeting and wanted to make clear that the information that was presented at that meeting on the ability to transfer the program to Human Services Inc. (HSI) Office in Greensburg was not only incorrect but also might have cost them the possibility of a major funding source that was outside of the City Government. Director of GHA, Milissa Ashley, stated that in a phone conference with the Indianapolis office, it was stated that if the Board voted for the program to be transferred, it would then be moved to the Indianapolis office.  As explained, GHA is a Federal program run through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Human Services is a contracted service ran through a state program, Indiana Housing and Community Development Association that is contracted by HUD.  So there would be at least three major steps taken before it could even possibly be transferred to HIS.Before voting on the options available, the Board member Kevin Whipple asked the Mayor for the City’s support of the program and recognition that the information presented was misinformed.  Mayor Josh Marsh stated that he would offer his support of the program and would allow them to stay in City Hall and would offer the organization help on their utilities to save money over the next year.  Mayor Marsh stated that they could revisit the possibility of utility support in 2021.  The group has been able to fundraise a total of $15,360 in the last three weeks to pay towards the total debt of $27,279.  This debt was misappropriated over 15 years ago.  It was said that it was “embezzled” by a Councilman during Monday’s meeting.  The GHA Board made it clear that this was also misinformation.  Ashley explained that the money was used in the wrong fund when distributed in the early 2000s.  Ashley explained that GHA was given an option to have a 3 to 5 year repayment period if her Board voted to continue the program due to the impression GHA has had with fundraising and community support.The Board had three options to vote to do nothing and ignore the warnings from HUD, transfer the program to Indianapolis, or take the 3-year option presented by HUD officials to pay down the debt with the possibility of being a 5-year plan.  A motion was made by Whipple and seconded by Diana Robbins to remain in the GHA office and accept the 3 to 5-year option to pay down the debt.  The motion passed 8-0. GHA will still be continuing to accept donations to help pay down the debt.  If you would like to help, contact Milissa Ashley at 812.593.6389.last_img read more

Stack chasing Newmarket prize

first_img The three-year-old travelled to British racing’s HQ last October for another valuable prize under the Tattersalls banner and finished sixth behind Ghurair. He has already had two runs this season, winning at Dundalk before returning to the all-weather track to finish second to Group One winner Gordon Lord Byron. Tommy Stack is hoping for a share of the big prize money on offer when he saddles Clancy Avenue for the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Sprint at Newmarket on Wednesday. Press Associationcenter_img Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy, said: “He seems well and he’s had a couple of runs on the all-weather this year. Let’s hope the ground keeps drying out. “He ran quite well there in October but probably didn’t get the trip in that seven-furlong race and the ground was soft, too. I think it was a combination of the two.” Among the opposition will be Richard Hannon’s Victrix Ludorum, who is aiming to complete a sales race hat-trick having picked up the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies’ Median Auction Stakes at Newmarket in September and the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy at the track the following month. She was well beaten on her final juvenile appearance in heavy ground at Newbury, but assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior hopes she can develop into a contender for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. He said: “She is in good form and has already won two of the Tattersalls Millions races, so it would be nice to go for the hat-trick. We are hoping she is a 1000 Guineas filly. The Tattersalls Millions Sprint is worth more than any of the Guineas trials, so that is why we have gone for this race.” Mark Johnston runs recent Lingfield scorer Limit Up, and is happy to let him take his chance even though he has a bit to find on ratings. The trainer said: “That is a little bit of a shot in the dark. The trip and the ground will be fine for him, but on ratings he has got a lot to find. When you’re qualified for these races, the incentive is there to run.” last_img read more

Reds continue title charge at Saints

first_img It was the ideal start to a run of three successive away matches, with Suarez marking his 100th league appearance for the Reds by ending an unusual barren run after just 16 minutes. Saints did not wilt, though, with Adam Lallana hitting the post after a Rickie Lambert flick-on, before Luke Shaw, impressing in front of watching England manager Roy Hodgson, went on a marauding run which ended with Jay Rodriguez forcing Simon Mignolet into a fine save. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were made to pay for those missed opportunities after the break, as Sterling, one of the nine players on display called up for England duty this week, netted seconds after coming off the bench. Suarez provided the assist for that goal and was involved in Liverpool’s third, earning the stoppage-time penalty lashed home by Steven Gerrard. The Uruguay international looked like he would score just six minutes into the match after a wonderful squared ball by Daniel Sturridge, only for a timely interception by Jose Fonte. One-time Southampton target Philippe Coutinho sent a hopeful volley into the side-netting as Liverpool’s bright start continued, before Rodriguez bundled an effort wide. The hosts called for a penalty after a Jon Flanagan shoulder-barge on Lallana. Those appeals fell on deaf ears and Liverpool capitalised, opening the scoring after 16 minutes. Having cut out Sturridge’s attempt to link up with Suarez, the ball took a fortuitous touch off Fonte into the latter’s path, with him continuing to wonderfully steer past Artur Boruc. A tilt at the crown had never been part of Rodgers’ plan this season, but their recent form has given them a real chance of a first championship since 1990. The latest win came at Southampton – the only side to have won at Anfield this season – with goals from Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard earning the Reds a 3-0 triumph which sees them climb above Manchester City and Arsenal. Press Association Liverpool’s title challenge is gaining increasing momentum, with Luis Suarez inspiring Brendan Rodgers’ side to a victory at Southampton that moves them second in the Barclays Premier League. It was a fine strike and one which appeared to kick-start Saints as Lambert fired over and Glen Johnson cut out a threatening Calum Chambers cross, before Lallana hit the base of the post. Neat team play ended with Chambers crossing from the right to Lambert, whose deft touch under pressure put through Lallana, only for the playmaker’s close-range prod to come back off the far post. The Saints captain again had an attempt before Morgan Schneiderlin turned over as Saints continued in the ascendancy. A venomous low Suarez strike was all Liverpool had to show after the goal, which would have been cancelled out before half-time but for the fine reactions of Mignolet. Showing why he was called-up by England this week, Shaw went on a fine run forward and sent in a low cross that, having been stepped over by Lambert, allowed Rodriguez to strike on goal, with the Belgian goalkeeper impressively clawing the ball away. Keen to turn their dominance into a goal, Gaston Ramirez replaced Steven Davis for a second half that saw Schneiderlin have the hosts’ first attempt just 70 seconds in. Rodriguez saw a shot blocked by Martin Skrtel and Mignolet held a Lallana effort, but Liverpool’s defence was holding firm. The same could not be said for the home side’s, with Suarez the architect as the Reds doubled their advantage in the 58th minute. Turning his man when latching onto a ball through, the Uruguay international selflessly cut back for Sterling to slot home seconds after coming off the bench. The strike put Liverpool clear and saw them play with increased confidence for the remainder of the match. Suarez slipped through Sturridge with 69 minutes on the clock, only for him to put wide as he looked to net for a ninth successive match. Jordan Henderson shot wide and Gerrard saw an effort tipped wide by Boruc, who had to be alert to stop Suarez’s audacious attempt direct from the resulting corner sneaking home. The 27-year-old had another attempt soon after as Liverpool continued to attack, before earning a stoppage-time penalty. Suarez was caught by Fonte’s flailing leg, with Gerrard stepping up to lash home from the spot to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea. last_img read more

TV times frustrate Mourinho

first_img Mourinho fails to understand why Chelsea must play at Aston Villa at 5:30pm on Saturday night ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Galatasaray, who played Karabukspor on Friday night due to their trip to London. The Portuguese is also at a loss to explain why Premier League title rivals Manchester City were asked to play Wigan in the FA Cup last Sunday, at Barcelona in Europe on Wednesday night and in Saturday’s early kick-off at Hull. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has questioned why football’s authorities are reluctant to alter the fixture schedule to accommodate English sides’ European commitments. Mourinho was accused by Yaya Toure of being disrespectful by discussing other teams, but the Manchester City midfielder may agree with the Portuguese’s latest comments. “I really don’t understand why City play Saturday,” Mourinho said. “And I’m speaking against me: I would prefer them to play today (Friday), if possible. “I’m trying to get this for all of us, not just me. I don’t understand why a team that comes from Europe, playing on Wednesday, must play (at) 12:45 on Saturday. “I hope Yaya Toure doesn’t tell me to shut up, but I don’t understand why City have to play tomorrow at 12:45. Why don’t City play at 5:30 and we play at 12:45? “If they play 5:30, they have one more day to recover and if we play 12:45 we have one more day to recover. “Am I stupid? I think everybody agrees. Maybe Yaya doesn’t.” Mourinho has no problem with the television companies determining the schedules, but believes consultation with players and others in the game can result in the best for everyone. The Blues boss added: “If we played on Friday night, (at) 7:45, it makes a difference to who? Less spectators at Villa Park? I don’t think so. It’d be a full house, the same. “And for television? It wouldn’t make a difference. If it was the only match on TV, the (audience) share would be fantastic. “Would it be good for Chelsea? Yes. Would it be good for English football? Yes.” Mourinho continues to argue that City, who have three games in hand and are nine points adrift, are the title favourites. But Chelsea could extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 10 points with victory at Aston Villa as Arsenal and Liverpool each play on Sunday. “We have 66 (points),” Mourinho said. “Even if we get 27 from our nine matches, maybe it’s not enough.” Asked if Chelsea could win all their remaining games, Mourinho replied: “No. If I go through the list, Aston Villa away is very difficult. Arsenal at home is difficult. Crystal Palace away, with Tony Pulis, the way the team are playing, is very difficult. “Stoke at home is difficult, the style of play they have. Swansea, in that period, will be looking for the last points they need to survive. “Sunderland will be fighting for their lives. Liverpool is very difficult. “And maybe the last match against Cardiff (on May 11), they are playing for survival. Every one of the nine matches we have to play is difficult and dangerous. “I lost four points (in two matches) with West Bromwich. Three against Stoke in one match. Two against West Ham. So every match you can lose points.” Mourinho is not familiar with his rivals’ run-ins, knowing only their weekly opponents, as he chases a first win at Villa Park. It is the only top-flight ground in England at which he has not won. Chelsea won a tight duel 2-1 in August and Mourinho expects something similar on Saturday. “When they are at the top of their game, everyone finds it difficult to play against them,” he said. last_img read more